Program Structure

  • Students complete 36 semester hours which consists of 12 courses.
  • All courses are offered on the semester schedule.
  • All courses are offered online except for the final 4-5 day capstone course.
  • Students normally take two courses per semester but may elect to take only one per semester.
  • First year courses should be completed prior to attempting second year courses.
  • Students must attend the final 4-5 day capstone.
  • Students must pass the comprehensive written exam after completion of all course work.
  • Course materials such as exercises, assignments, study guides, exams, and lectures will be delivered via the Internet using Canvas. Canvas is a software program designed specifically for online learning.
  • Top-quality instructors teach the classes. All classes have instructors with advanced degrees who are recognized experts and real-life practitioners in their field.

Course Rotation

Listed below is the course schedule for the Applied Meteorology Program (AMP). The courses are offered only during the semester under which they are listed.

Year One

FALL SPRING SUMMER
GR 6303
Principles of GIS
GR 8833
Weather & Society
GR 8453
Quantitative Analysis in Climatology
and and and
Elective Options (choose one): Elective Options (choose one): Elective Options (choose one):
GR 6923 *
Severe Weather
GR 6753
Satellite & Radar
GR 6603
Climatology
GR 6943 *
Tropical Meteorology
GR 6823
Dynamic Meteorology I
GR 6933
Dynamic Meteorology II
GR 8143
Advanced Forecasting Techniques
GR 8133
Foundations in Forecasting
GR 8633
Climate Change
GR 6313
Advanced GIS
GG 8203
Ocean Science
GR 8613
Hydrometeorology

Year Two

FALL SPRING SUMMER
GR 8553 **
Research Methods in Geoscience
Available to students only during their final fall semester
GR 8573 **
Research in Applied Meteorology
Available to students only during their final summer semester
Includes Capstone Workshop
and and
Elective Options (choose one): Elective Options (choose two): Elective Options (choose one):
GR 8813
Advanced Hazards & Disasters
GR 6753
Satellite & Radar
GR 6603
Climatology
GR 6333
Remote Sensing
GR 6823
Dynamic Meteorology I
GR 6933
Dynamic Meteorology II
GR 8143
Advanced Forecasting Techniques
GR 8133
Foundations in Forecasting
GR 8633
Climate Change
GG 8233
Environmental Geoscience
GR 6313
Advanced GIS
GG 8203
Ocean Science
GR 8613
Hydrometeorology

* Program of study requires either GR 6923 Severe Weather OR GR 6943 Tropical Meteorology, but a student may choose to take the other course as an elective in either year.

Students may combine required courses with other courses of their choice as shown above. However, the program must include 36 credit hours (12 courses) and at 18 of these must be at the 8000-level.

A student may not repeat at the graduate level a class they took at Mississippi State University as an undergrad (e.g. GR 4603 Climatology and GR 6603 Climatology cannot both be taken from MSU).